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Why does giving cash to parents help children’s brains?

A recent study showed a connection between monthly cash gifts to low-income mothers and enhanced cognitive development in their infants. Financial well-being can contribute to healthy development in children by alleviating parental stress and the cognitive effects of toxic stress.  Children who experience toxic stress are at increased risk for…

Do meat, sex, and money count as irreconcilable differences? Workarounds for 3 heated lifestyle clashes in couples

Relationship conflict comes from an infinite variety of sources, but lifestyle differences can be especially hard to manage.  There are practical ways to deal with compatibility issues between vegetarians/vegans and carnivores, significant others with low sex drives and high sex drives, and couples from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Communication, compromise, and…

What is financial infidelity? Strategies for talking about your spending habits with your spouse or partner 

Financial infidelity involves engaging in dishonest spending habits while in a relationship by lying about or otherwise concealing purchases and bills from your partner.  Spending habits can be tricky to discuss, and admitting that you aren’t always the best with your money isn’t easy to do, either. But the potential…

Learn the signs of digital consumer manipulation and be a smarter online shopper

It’s not always obvious when our cognitive biases are being manipulated by digital marketers and neuromarketing experts. Retail websites use a variety of psychological tactics to persuade consumers to buy their products. Occasionally these tactics stray into manipulative territory, for example when websites use dark patterns, greenwashing, and price discrimination. …

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